How to Make a Pretty DIY Denim Top With Cute Scalloped Details

Mset Fashion Design
by Mset Fashion Design
9 Materials
3 Hours

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a DIY denim top in a cute scalloped style. This is part of my series showing how to make a top from jeans in three different ways. This style is unique and looks really pretty, but it's also easy to do. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Pair of jeans
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Lace trim
  • Cut-out circle
  • Marker
  • Matching thread
  • Needle
  • Sewing machine
Cutting the jeans under the pockets

1. Cut the jeans

Fold your jeans in half and cut right underneath the pocket area. This is what you should have. Now, we are going to make a gorgeous DIY jean top from the first leg piece! 

Cutting the jean leg along the side seam

2. Make strips

Cut along the side seams to open the leg piece. 

Removing the bottom hem of the jeans

Then, remove the bottom hem. 

Drawing strips along the pant leg

Using a ruler, draw lines straight across the piece to create even-sized rectangles. I'm using the size of my ruler for the width, which is around 2 inches. I ended up with five strips, plus one thinner one that is half the width of my ruler.

Cutting out the strips

Then, cut along the lines. Remove the uneven sides and the seam in the middle. 

Drawing the scalloped edge

3. Create a scalloped edge

Now let’s create a scalloped edge along the strips. Take something round (I used a cut-out cardboard piece) and trace the top curve of the circle along your strips with a marker.

First, trace the top arc of the circle along the top edge, and then move onto the bottom and trace the bottom arc. Repeat this on all strips, except for one. 

Cutting out the scalloped shape

4. Attach the strips

Now, cut around the shape and this is what you should have. We'll use three right sides out and two on the wrong side. 

Pinning the scalloped denim strips together

Now, pin the strips together so that the curves slightly overlap. Pin on each curve. 

Sew the first two strips, then repeat the process on the third, fourth, and fifth strips. You’ll see that I’m alternating between the wrong and right sides. 

Hand-sewing the strips together

I’m hand-sewing mine, but you can use a sewing machine. Basically, just sew each of the curved edges together.

Denim panel with scalloped strips

So, this is what we have! Pretty, right? 

Cutting the thinner strip in half

5. Make the straps

Remember we had one strip leftover? We'll use this for straps. Simply cut the piece in half, lengthwise. 

Attaching the straps to the DIY denim top

Now, pin each short end of the strap about ⅓ from one edge of the top. Pin the other end of the strap to the end. 

Do the same with the second strap, but alternate sides. 

Sew each end to the top. 

Hand-sewing the straps to the top

I’m hand-stitching right across the strap, but again, you can use your sewing machine. Sew upward toward the edge and across the top edge.

How to make a top from jeans

Here’s one of the finished straps. 

Adding lace trim to the back of the DIY denim top

6. Add a lace trim

To tie the back part of the DIY jean top, we’re going to use lace trim. You can also use a ribbon. 

Attaching the trim to the top

Attach the end of trim a few inches below the top edge of the DIY denim top. 

Sewing the trim in place

Then, sew it in place. Repeat on the other side, making sure the placement of the second trim aligns with the first. 

Hemming the neckline of the top

7. Hem the neckline

Now, fold over the top edge (on the wrong side), and pin down. 

How to sew a cute denim top

Sew along the folded edge. This will hide the raw edges of both the straps and lace trim and give your DIY denim top a clean finish. 

DIY denim top

Wearing the DIY denim top

DIY denim top from the back

DIY denim top tutorial

All you have to do is tie a bow at the back of your DIY denim top and you’re done! I told you this would be an amazing transformation. Who would ever know this gorgeous, handmade top came from the leg of your jeans?

Thanks for joining me on this beginner-friendly DIY on how to sew a cute denim top. I hope you try it out, and good luck! 

Suggested materials:
  • Pair of jeans
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
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Join the conversation
  • Judith Judith on Apr 10, 2022

    What a cute top for someone with no boobs !

    • Mset Fashion Design Mset Fashion Design on Apr 16, 2022

      No! This comment is misinformative for my dear audience!

      My dears, the top will find its perfect place on the bust area by going down at the back (as shown in the try on section of the video).

      So no limitation for xxsmall to plus size 💕, just make sure you are considering proper length for the top and the straps.

      Create and enjoy your creation! 💗

  • Nanigram Nanigram on Apr 12, 2022

    👍️ Really cute 😉